Your little sweetie is growing so quickly. Buy clothes that will stand the test of time and your budget.
- Step 1: Choose garments that will get lots of use. Cute outfits that are only worn once or won't stand up to normal wear and tear will only take up closet space.
- Step 2: Buy garments that are functional and are easy to get on and off a baby without a major ordeal.
- Step 3: Check out resale shops or garage sales for lightly worn clothes in good condition.
- Step 4: Shop the clearance rack. Buying an outfit that is too big now can save you lots in the long run.
- FACT: In the 17th and 18th centuries, baby clothes had strings attached to the bodice at the shoulder, called leading strings. These were used for teaching children to walk and stand.
- Step 5: Wash baby clothes before putting them on your little one.
- Step 6: Read the washing instructions. Buy garments that are machine washable. Tired moms don't want to spend time hand washing, no matter how cute their babies are.
- Step 7: Read the labels to check the materials. Buy natural fibers such as cotton and wool instead of synthetics that don't breathe.
- Step 8: Check out your local discount, wholesale, or overstock stores to look for clothing. They carry the same brands as a department store for much less.
- TIP: You may also use a baby's measurements or age to determine sizing. If a baby is in between age groupings, choose the next size up.
- Step 9: Look online for deals or sign up for online deal sites.
- Step 10: Compare clothing to a onesie and pants that fit your baby and compare sizes to one another.
- TIP: Sizing between brands varies greatly. If an outfit looks just right, buy the next size up to allow for shrinking in the wash.
- Step 11: Find an outfit that fits the baby. If your baby is in between sizes, go up a size.